UPDATE November 2017

Two heads are better than one

Double the brainpower

We all know two heads are better than one; now we have proof that two Playford Trust scholar heads are even better still.

Friends Harrison Gloyne and Samuel Arthurson, each completing double bachelor degrees at the University of Adelaide, joined forces on an engineering project this year – and topped their class.

The two met in 2015 when they each won a Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering scholarship. Samuel, from the Barossa Valley, and Harrison, from Kangaroo Island, are both now third year students majoring in Civil and Structural Engineering.

The project on which they collaborated was a key element of a course in reinforced concrete design – and it was worth 20 per cent of the marks.

In simple terms, they were required to observe the behaviour of concrete beams and columns under a range of loadings and then explore the implications of the relevant Australian Standard. Lecturers and tutors deliberately provided minimal feedback so that the students’ experience was akin to the ‘real world’.

While describing the project as ‘the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do’ and admitting to initially struggling with the conceptual aspects, Harrison and Samuel said the work had helped develop their communication and problem-solving skills as well as their practical knowledge of concrete structures.

Happily, the collaboration had also strengthened their friendship. This summer the pair are hoping to gain work experience that will ‘reaffirm their passion for civil and structural engineering’ and give them some clarity about specific career paths.

Harrison and Samuel said they wanted to publicly thank the Playford Trust for the networking opportunities they’ve benefited from, adding that they intend becoming more involved in the Playford Trust Scholars Association as they transition from university into the workforce.